Companions: The Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Heriot.
Monsters/Villains: Caven, Dervish, Space Pirates.
Brief Synopsis: The International Space Corps are on the trail of a buch of Argonite Pirates.
Right, I have to start this one off with a confession: I have never seen/heard The Space Pirates ever before!! I know, how can I call myself a fan? I just haven't! There's only one episode out of six that exists to this day, and there is little to no visual representation of this story, it is also the last story that doesn't exist in it's entirety and I had heard I wasn't missing much (we shall see). Unfortunately where the previous story, The Seeds of Death, took the late-sixties obsession with space travel and gave it an ironic twist, The Space Pirates, ah... doesn't.
|Space Beacon Alpha 1.|
|Hermack and Warne having a coffee break. Thrilling... not!|
|Fragments of the Beacon blasting away for the third time!! Snore.|
|Dervish and Caven.|
|Milo Clancey played box-of-frogs crazy by Gordon Costelow.|
|Madeline Issigri and her... um... Golden hair hat.|
|The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe think their number is up.|
|Warne wearing what looks like the |
Ice Lords Helmet from the previous story.
|The Pirates Beat Dart docked with a Beacon.|
|The Space Corp Ship V41-LO.|
|This is what Lisa Daniely, who plays Madeline |
Issigri looks like without the silly hair hat.
Rather hilariously the Doctor uses smeared candle wax and marbles placed in front of the door to trip over some guards, whilst Clancey and Jamie knock some out and Zoe smashes a vase on one guard's head. Weirdly, during the escape the Doctor gets separated from Jamie and Zoe (off screen) and makes it to the LIZ 79 only to be caught in the blast as Caven remotely forces the ship to take off with Clancey and Dom inside.
|Clancey aboard the LIZ 79.|
So, there you have it. A story I had never seen before. I started off very excited to be seeing new, old Who but sadly I feel I wasn't particularly missing anything in this one. The Doctor and co hardly appear at all, (although more than I had heard) and although they do have a bearing on the story it doesn't feel much like Doctor Who. It's more like a rather dull space opera meets a futuristic cop sit-com. This is Robert Holmes second outing as writer and he still hasn't quite got it. I'm not sure if this is a step forward or a step back from The Krotons but it certainly isn't what we'll come to expect from one who would go on to be considered the best writer Doctor Who has ever had...
On the plus side I have reached the last missing episode. Things will be decidedly easier from here on in. I actually can't express how difficult it was at times to focus on what was happening in some of those audio-only episodes. I now feel a combination of depression and elation; sad that I am reaching the end of Troughton, who has really become my new favourite Doctor, and excited about moving on to Pertwee and colour. But I'm getting ahead of myself, I'm not there yet...
Join me next time for Troughton's final story, and a true epic, The War Games.